It's been three days since Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in a West Village apartment, reportedly surrounded by the detritus of his addiction: a needle, baggies full of heroin, other empty bags, prescription drugs. News stories have retraced his last days, speculated tastelessly on what his d ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, this paper's film critics begin by honoring the career of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who tragically died on Sunday at the age of 46. Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, after calling Hoffman "one of the best actors the screen has ever known," goes on to explain wh ... More >>
Pay attention to newspapers long enough, and you'll realize that they assign obituaries in advance so that they're ready to go when some august presence exits this planet. That's possible because the arc of a life, even a great one, usually has become apparent by the years before its end. (Of course ... More >>
A favorite pastime of critics and serious filmgoers, perhaps the most idiotic and fruitless one, is to complain about how bad the movies have gotten. The complaint is meaningless, because no matter how "bad" the movies get, there are always, always actors. There's no such thing as a golden age of mo ... More >>
Because you’ll never forget your first time
(1) Because it's brave. Going against Scientology (and in fact anything that preaches a "Cause") is a bold move, though as the film continues to make lots of money, it will probably seem a little less brave. (2) Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman give a master class in screen acting. Th ... More >>
Here's another installation in my six-part series of NYC's Best and Worst Parties I've Ever Been To: THE WORST: *A 1991 club kid outlaw party "Outlaw parties" were the bashes illegally held at some public space or other, where everyone showed up on time for a change, knowing the cops would come ... More >>
The second trailer to Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming film The Master was just released, and this time we get a look at Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams along with Joaquin Phoenix. We gave PTA credit for being wily with his first trailer -- for years, we've all been waiting to see how much The ... More >>
The Master is the eagerly awaited Paul Thomas Anderson film about a man (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) who starts a cult-like religion in the 1950s. Sound like anyone, maybe with the first initial L.? Well, Hoffman says this movie has nothing whatsoever to do with Scientology.
Our tipsters continue to funnel us the best Scientology material at a rapid rate. May 9 was Dianetics Day -- 62 years since the day in 1950 when L. Ron Hubbard first published Scientology's Ur-text, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health -- and already we have in our hot little hands the vid ... More >>
High-octane British actor James Corden, above (One Man, Two Guvnors) is deemed to be the biggest threat to Philip Seymour Hoffman as far as Tony award competition goes. But Corden adores his rival.
Philip Seymour Hoffman comes to Broadway
It's not the fault of anyone in the new Mike Nichols-directed production of the Arthur Miller classic Death of A Salesman that the definitive revival was done in 1999. That one, directed by Robert Falls, and starring a powerful Brian Dennehy as Willy Loman and a wrenching Elizabeth Franz as his wif ... More >>
Whether they were playing drag queens or women, a lot of name actors have been willing to step into the heels and do it up. Who's your favorite? Liev Schreiber in 'Taking Woodstock'
Hey Miscavige, you ready to take on Harvey?Deadline.com reported yesterday that new life has been breathed into Paul Thomas Anderson's next movie project thanks to Harvey Weinstein. I don't know about you, but this Scientology watcher got goosebumps reading that announcement. See, Anderson, ... More >>
Laphams Quarterly explores celebrity
CLICK HERE for my new column in which I interview Oscar nominated Amy Ryan, who's in the new Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed movie in which she's a funeral home worker who romances a limo driver played by Hoffman himself. Ryan tells me about that film, her Oscar night for Gone Baby Gone, and ... More >>
The writer-director takes his suburban pathos and personal anxiety to the Sunshine State
all photos by Nate "Igor" SmithDon't care what you say, Thurston still looks bad-ass The Anthology Film Archives celebrated its 40th anniversary last night at the Hiro Ballroom. The scene was, by all accounts, an intimately swanky affair--reserved tables started at $500; mezzanine tickets cost $99 ... More >>
Big apron to fill.Chefs seem to be all over our television and movie screens these days. The next toque portrayal may be Mario Batali in a movie version of the Bill Buford memoir, Heat. And, who might play the Great Orange One? Eater speculated that Capote's Philip Seymour Hoffman could do a ... More >>
Get your taxes done for free If you have dependent kids and make less than $50,000, or if you make less than $18k, the Office of Financial Empowerment will help you do your taxes and find tax credits you're entitled to today at the CUNY Graduate Center (pdf).
The year's NYJFF pushes the familiar aside
When Michael Feingold reported in his Voice review that "much" of the audience went "streaming for the exit at intermission" of the Peter Sellars production of Othello at NYU, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, we thought he must have just caught a disastrous press preview: surely the man wh ... More >>
Plus, singer-dancer Chita Rivera, drag queen Linda Simpson, and "Boys Gone Wild" at Mr. Black
So many starlets in the sky, plus a sprinkling of comic-book characters
Sibling rivalry. Daddy issues. Infidelity. Sidney Lumet crafts one hell of a melodrama
A love story so laid back it might fall over
Slackjawed sketch comedy adaptation struggles on the big screen
Glamour, heartbreak, and some interpretive dance
Philip Seymour Hoffman Out of Character
The Many Sides of Indie Film's Newest Siren
Stage Acting Versus NYCs Hollywood High
The LAByrinth Theater Companys Big Ride
When I asked Jane Horrocks if she's a gay man trapped in a woman's body, she said, 'No! If so, I haven't discovered it!'